Certificate in Rehabilitation Counseling

Program Overview

Rehabilitation counselors are clinicians who work with individuals with disabilities, supporting them to become personally and economically self-sufficient, typically through employment. SGISD offers both a master’s degree and a certificate program in rehab counseling.

UMass Boston's rehabilitation counseling certificate program offers a seven-course sequence for students who have completed a master’s degree in a related field and are interested in taking the national exam to become a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). The program meets the standards set by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification.

State vocational rehabilitation agencies, as well as some community rehabilitation providers, require their counseling staff to be CRCs. In Massachusetts, a counselor needs to be a CRC to be eligible to apply for licensure. Successful completion of our certificate program prepares students to take the national exam and become a CRC.

We encourage people with master’s degrees in the following subject areas to apply to our rehabilitation counseling certificate program:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Behavioral Science
  • Disability Studies
  • Human Relations
  • Human Services
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Psychology
  • Psychometrics
  • Rehabilitation Administration/Services
  • Social Work
  • Special Education
  • Vocational Assessment/Evaluation


April 1 for summer admission
November 1 for spring admission


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James Soldner, PhD
Graduate Program Director

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School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
in the College of Education and Human Development